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Lewis M. Branscomb

Lewis Branscomb Lewis M. Branscomb is the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management emeritus and former Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program in the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Branscomb graduated from Duke University in 1945, summa cum laude, and was awarded the Ph.D. degree in physics by Harvard University in 1949. In addition to Harvard he has held teaching positions at the University of Maryland and the University of Colorado. He is a former President of the American Physical Society and of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

A research physicist at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) from 1951 to 1969, he was Director of NBS from 1969 to 1972. President Johnson named him to the President's Science Advisory Committee in 1964, and he chaired the subcommittee on Space Science and Technology during Project Apollo. In 1972 Dr. Branscomb was named Vice President and Chief Scientist of IBM Corporation and to its Management Committee, serving until his retirement from IBM in 1986. While at IBM, he was appointed by President Carter to the National Science Board and in 1980 was elected chairman, serving until May 1984. In 1987 he was appointed a Director of the Massachusetts Centers of Excellence Corporation by Governor Dukakis of Massachusetts, and in 1991 to the Governor's Council on Economic Growth and Technology by Governor Weld.

Among his other presidential appointments, Branscomb was appointed by President Reagan to the National Commission on Productivity. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Public Administration. He serves on the Technology Assessment Advisory Committee to the Technology Assessment Board of the United States Congress.

Branscomb is a member of the Committee on Japan of the National Research Council and a participant in the High Level Bilateral Discussions conducted by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences with Committee 149 of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, led by Professor Takashi Mukaibo. His research group at Harvard has a bilateral cooperation agreement with Japan's National Institute for Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) through which several projects have been conducted. He is a frequent participant in conferences on science and technology policy in Japan and 1993 was elected a Foreign Associate of the Engineering Academy of Japan.

Professor Branscomb is a former director of the IBM Europe, Middle East, Africa Corporation and of General Foods Corporation. He is currently a director of Mobil, MITRE, and Lord Corporation and C.S. Draper Laboratories. Professor Branscomb has written extensively on science and technology policy, comparative studies of science and technology policy in different nations, information technology, management of technology, and atomic and molecular physics. His recent books include:

Beyond Spinoff: Military and Commercial Technologies in a Changing World (Harvard Business School Press, 1992, with Harvard co-authors); Empowering Technology: Implementing a U.S. Policy, (MIT Press, June 1993), and (with Fumio Kodama) Japanese Innovation Strategies: Technology Support for Business Visions, CSIA Occasional Paper No. 10 (University Press of America, July 1993), Converging Infrastructures: Intelligent Transportation and the National Information Infrastructure (with James Keller, 1996), Informed Legislatures: Coping with Science in a Democracy (with Megan Jones and David Guston, 1996), and Korea at the Turning Point: Innovation-Based Strategies for Development (with H.Y. Choi, 1996.).

Read Lewis Branscomb's biography on the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs web site.

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